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"I had tea, and it probably saved my life." (Audio Interview, 1:48, Part II)

   Warren M. Smith
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War: World War, 1939-1945; Korean War, 1950-1953
Branch: Army; Army
Unit: 59th Coastal Artillery; 59th Coastal Artillery
Service Location: Pacific Theater; Corregidor Island (Philippines); also:
Rank: Chief Warrant Officer; Chief Warrant Officer
POW: Yes
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From bumming around on trains on the East Coast of the United States to plotting points for "disappearing guns" in a battery at the battle of Corregidor, Warren Smith's story is about a man who came from nothing to serving his country in World War II. Captured after the U.S. surrender, he survived an excruciatingly painful captivity in which he saw United States soldiers executed in front of firing squads and soldiers hanging from poles as a threat to any who tried to escape. After WWII he decided to stay in the Armed Services and fought in Korea from 1952-1953.

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Suffering casualties at Corregidor; the captain of another company losing his mind. (03:08) General Wainwright surrenders in the Philippines; the night before the surrender Smith is injured in the leg from shrapnel. (03:55) American and Filipino soldiers managing to get off Bataan and onto Corregidor or into Manila. Smith's life in prison. (05:15)
  
 

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